Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)


January 19, 2013

In Your View

ASHLAND — 2nd Amendment not about hunting

The arms mentioned in the Second Amendment were state-of-the-art military weapons of the eighteenth century. They were intended to arm a militia which would resist a tyrannical government.

The Founding Fathers wanted to insure that we had the capability. George Washington, our first president, said, “Government is like fire, a dangerous servant and a deadly enemy.” Thomas Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence that when a government becomes destructive of these rights (life, liberty and pursuit of happiness), it is the right of the people to change or abolish that government.

President Obama has compared so-called assault weapons to battlefield weapons. If that were true, the guns in question would definitely be covered under the Second Amendment. The fact is the actual assault rifles — the AR15, AK47, Mini 14 — re selective fire. That is they are capable of both semi-automatic-firing one round each time the trigger is pressed and automatic fire-firing multiple rounds with one squeeze of the trigger.

The guns I just mentioned by model numbers are semiautomatic versions only. It would require the skills and tools of a gunsmith to enable them to fire automatic.

The Second Amendment is not about collecting, hunting or target shooting; it is about insuring our freedom by allowing us the means to resist tyranny.

Benjamin Franklin said that given a choice between a society without newspapers or a society without government, he would choose a society with newspapers but no government.

Journalists treasure the First Amendment like gun owners treasure the 2nd. If President Obama and others in government can run rough-shod over the Second Amendment, there is nothing to keep them from doing the same to the First.

To paraphrase Benjamin Franklin, those who would surrender precious liberty for the illusion of security deserve neither.

Steven Little, Ashland

Text Only
  • By a thread

    It took some last-minute political maneuvering by State Rep. Tanya Pullin, D-South Shore and some skilled wheeling and dealing to prevent a bill important to AK Steel in Ashland from ending up on the scrapheap of the 2014 Kentucky General Assembly.

    April 23, 2014

  • Along the river

    Here’s hoping the weather will be as close to perfect as possible on the evening of May 30, as members of the Paul G. Blazer High School class of 2014 gather on the banks of Ohio River for the school’s first graduation on the river that has helped fuel this community’s economy since the time when it was known as known as Poage’s Landing.

    April 22, 2014

  • Good opportunity

    Morehead State University is using a highly successful program for outstanding high school juniors and seniors at Western Kentucky University to launch a similar program beginning in the fall of 2015 on the MSU campus.

    April 20, 2014

  • What's next?

    While virtually all cities in northeastern Kentucky provide their residents with some utility services — water and sewer, mainly, and sometimes natural gas — to the best of our knowledge, Olive Hill is the only town in the FIVCO region with its own electrical company.

    April 13, 2014

  • 'Waited too long'

    Lt. Garlin Murl Conner left the U.S. Army as the second-most decorated soldier during World War II, earning four Silver Stars, four Bronze Stars, seven Purple Hearts and the Distinguished Service Cross for his actions during 28 straight months in combat.

    April 12, 2014

  • Enact HB 3

    The National Rx Drug Abuse Summit is under way hundreds of miles from eastern Kentucky in Orlando, Fla., but the three-day conference which runs through Thursday, was organized by Operation UNITE, the eastern Kentucky anti-drug group that knows all too well the devastating impact the prescription drug epidemic continues to have on this region.

    April 11, 2014

  • State officials cease efforts to stop advance of ash borer

    Kentucky’s war against the tiny emerald ash borer responsible for already killing more than 25 million ash trees in the eastern United States has ended in surrender — by state officials, not the tiny insect.

    April 8, 2014

  • Demise of apparel industry in Kentucky continues

    The steady demise of the once thriving clothing industry in small Kentucky towns continues with the latest factory to announce it is shutting down being one of the largest: Fruit of the Loom has announced it is closing its last remaining plant in Jamestown, a move that eventually will see the elimination of more than 600 jobs in the small town near Lake Cumberland.

    April 7, 2014

  • None on ballot

    The 2014 Kentucky General Assembly considered an unusually high number of proposed amendments to the Kentucky Constitution on such issues as casino gambling, the restoration of voting rights for convicted felons and the elimination of state and local elected offices.

    April 4, 2014

  • In Your View

    Letters to the editor

    April 3, 2014